The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is starting a massive crackdown against business owners knowingly employing undocumented immigrants.
On Wednesday, multiple warrants were executed at almost a dozen locations in several states against 17 individuals for violating immigration laws.
15-Month Long Investigation
Based on the information revealed, it appears that this investigation started just several months after President Donald Trump took office.
Authorities stated that the warrants executed were the result of a 15-month long investigation.
The purpose of the investigation was to identify business owners who were employing undocumented immigrants.
In addition to the business owners, 133 undocumented workers were rounded up.
The businesses that were raided included Christensen Farms with numerous locations in Appleton, MN, Sleepy Eye, MN, and Atkinson, NE; Elkhorn River Farms in O’Neill, NE; O’Neill Ventures in O’Neill, NE; La Herradura Restaurant in O’Neill, NE; and El Mercadito (grocery store) in O’Neill, NE.
Others were a private ranch in O’Neill, NE; La Herradura Restaurant in Stromsburg, NE; GJW LLC with three locations in Ainsworth, NE; J.E. Meurets Grain Company in Ainsworth, NE; Herd Co Cattle Company in Bartlett, Ne; and Long Pine (farm) in Royal, NE.
The Job Magnet
Law enforcement officials noted that this specific investigation was undertaken in an effort to reduce the number of jobs available to undocumented immigrants.
They believe available employment is hugely responsible for immigrants coming into the country illegally.
Additionally, undocumented immigrants are robbing American workers the opportunity to find employment.
It’s great to hear that ICE is working to stop these crimes across the U.S.